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Operations and ceremonies of the Detroit Police Department.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Producer: Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor: Detroit Police Field Day Committee
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Police; Detroit, Michigan
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Celebrating hometown militarism
Roughly half of this video is Detroit's home-movie version of "Triumph of the Will", and shares the Reich's gender ideology:
"...the guardians of your city: the MEN of the Detroit police department" (Yes, MEN is emphasized)
"...these are the guardians of your city, men who work together 365 days a year to serve the people of Detroit. Work together as an integrated team..."
But then, despite this ballyhoo of about men protecting the city, and after the uniformed policemen and all-male plainclothes detectives march by, we see:
"...some of Detroit policewomen, officers of the law, from the women's division loyal, like their brother officers, to the departmental motto: TUEBOR - I will protect."
Dressed in outfits that look somewhat like nurse uniforms they, unlike their "brother officers", apparently protected without the use of guns, as they appear to be unarmed.
Now that's what I call a thankless job. This is the era that some recall so fondly. Perhaps the urge to be recognized as equals explains why today it is not uncommon to see US policewomen outdo their brothers in brutality.
Wild look at a Detroit most here hasn't ever seen.
Notice, not one African American on this force....when did this change in Detroit ?
Corporatism was just starting to propagandize the Country and we fell for it hook line and sinker.
I think there was still actual respect for the badge and city at this point , but it wasn't too long after it all changed.
Subject: Yu Kiddin'..?
Today They Will Taser You To Death, Kill You & Plant A Weapon.Beat You To Death In Jail.!..I Keep Radar Detectors In My Cars, Not For Speeding..I Want To Know Where They Are..!...Can No Longer Tell Who The Criminals Are..!
Subject: this is your police department
I love this chestnut of early 50's Detroit,before the fall..i know it seems corny to all you born after the 80's..back then it wasn't a crime to love your city or country.your generation will never know a Detroit that wasn't a basket case..i left detroit in 1972..the city died the day after i left it..i was 11 then..detroit will never recover. ever..
My father was one of the detectives. More than likely we were in the stands at the U of D Stadium.
My family has a combined total of close to, if not more than, 300 years service the Police and Sheriff departments of southeastern Michigan.
Subject: First Half Of The Video Is OK, But.....
The rest of the video is all half-time. Who's watching the city while these guys are marching around and around? This piece of work needs some editing unless you like half-time shows.
My father was one of those Detroit Police Officers.
The Field Days were held in the University of Detroit stadium, two shows Saturday, two shows Sunday. Later (late 50's??) it moved to Briggs Stadium and cut to a single day. In '51 I was 4 years old. In '52 I became one of the Police Clowns, along with the sons of other Police Clowns. The only one I recognize is Humphrey, and only because he is riding his Humphrey Cycle -- the tricycle with the house.
Subject: and ABOVE ALL Joe,
be alert ! The city of Detroit needs another lert !
Seriously tho I thought this was a good flik. I liked the motorcycles.
Does anyone know if that stadium was where the Detroit Lions played ball ? Just wondering.
Subject: Whatchoo gonna do, whatchoo gonna do..
This is your Police Department follows a fresh recruit of the police force from his training to his beats on the streets of Detroit.
First of all, when he is trained, it appears that half of it is done in your skivvies. Um. Why this is is never explained. After 3 months of training, (some with their clothes on) Youre off to the streets of Chicago, where hes helping lost kids, writing tickets and stealing newspapers from traveling homeowners. Soon, hes promoted to a squad car!! Their first call.. FAMILY TROUBLE!!! (Domestic Situation hadnt entered the English language apparently). Unfortunately, its only a bickering wife giving him an earful about how her and her husband can argue any way they want, and if they want to throw things around, then thats all right! The policeman runs out of there, tail between his legs. Soon, theres off to another call! A hold up at a wage office! They go there, sirens blazing, and they enter.. We dont see what happens, but we hear gunshots, and the narrator said the recruits partner has been shot!
By who is never explained.